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Augmented reality app showing superyacht TROY and motor yacht Project TAURUS unveiled by Esenyacht

October 27, 2014

Turkish superyacht builder, Esenyacht, has developed an augmented reality app, in partnership with the new Swedish media agency, 3D Interactive. This allows users to ‘fly’ over and through both the 50m sailing yacht Troy, currently under construction, as well as the new 50m composite motor yacht Project Taurus, that was unveiled for the first time at September’s Monaco Yacht Show. Available free of charge, the app can be downloaded from the Google Play store as well as Apple’s iTunes.

Superyacht Project Taurus by Esenyacht

Superyacht Project Taurus by Esenyacht

Esenyacht will be also delighted to provide demonstrations to visitors to their stand at this year’s Qatar International Boat Show.

The app uses two dimensional drawings (markers) to trigger 3D images on the screen of the tablet. The user can then move the tablet from side to side to move along the yacht, and up and down to zoom in and out to see details of the deck and interiors.

Luxury yacht Project Taurus

Luxury yacht Project Taurus

3D Interactive has used the very latest technology to bring new levels of realism to the augmented reality experience, enabling traditional renderings and line drawings to spring to life in an unprecedented way. This was the first time that AR of this quality had been used at the Monaco Yacht Show and it attracted a good deal of attention as 2D drawings came to life on the tablet screens and spontaneous animations highlighted specific aspects of the yachts. Over time, Esenyacht will add more information to the apps, giving ever greater levels of detail on these and future projects to its customers and followers.

Motor yacht Project Taurus from above

Motor yacht Project Taurus from above

Additional images of superyacht Project Taurus showing more details of this 50m composite motoryacht will be released at the Qatar International Boat Show.

Below is a short video of the app in action:

40m sailing yacht MINALLI by Naval Yachts

October 27, 2014

Sailing yacht Minalli is a gorgeous 40-metre gulet, launched by the Turkish shipyard Naval Yachts in Bodrum in 2012. Beautifully penned by the yard’s in-house team, superyacht Minalli can sleep up to 12 guests in maximum comfort, looked after by a crew of 9 members.

Luxury sailing yacht Minalli

Luxury sailing yacht Minalli

Luxury yacht Minalli represents the first vessel designed and built by Naval Yachts. She is a stunning fusion of high-tech innovation and contemporary design. This luxurious sailing yacht is an impressive embodiment of the company’s creativity, passion and determination.

Super yacht Minalli has a total length of 40 metres, a width of 8 metres and she is Lloyds registered. Made of wood, the super yacht is powered by two Volvo diesel engines, reaching speeds of up to 14 knots.

Luxury yacht Minalli

Luxury yacht Minalli

The luxurious interior of Minalli superyacht combines pure lines and fine durable materials: leather, wood, carbon and stainless steel. Having a generous storage space, a real multimedia area with satellite internet access and a fully-fitted kitchen, Minalli offers the functionality and the modern comforts of a real house. Accommodation aboard Minalli is provided to sleep up to 12 guests in the vast and comfortable cabins. There is also space for a professional crew of 9 members.

Minalli yacht offers her owners the sailing pleasure on the board of a luxury vessel. The superb design and high quality construction materials used for building Minalli make her one of the best yachts of her size.

40m super yacht Minalli by Naval Yachts

40m super yacht Minalli by Naval Yachts

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS OF LUXURY YACHT MINALLI:

Main Characteristics

Loa: 40.00 m

B max: 8.00 m

Draft (Full Loaded): 2,80 m

Depth (Moulded): 4,20 m

Displacement (FL): 220 tonnes

Speed ( Cruising): 11 knots

Speed (Max.): 14 knots

Builder & Engineering: Naval Yachts

Class Society: Turkish Lloyd  Unrestricted Navigation

Minalli Yacht

Minalli Yacht

Hull Material: Epoxy Laminated Wooden

Frames: Laminated Acajou. Frames distance: 0,45m

Keel: Laminated Acajou

Beam: Laminated Acajou

Stringers: Laminated Acajou,

Planking: 4 Layer of Acajou

Superstructure Material: Acajou

Bulkheads: 3 watertight bulkheads

Minalli Yacht

Minalli Yacht

TANK CAPACITY:

Fuel Tanks: 5000 Liters

Daily Fuel Tank: 300 Liters

Fresh Water Tanks: 5000 Liters

Grey & Black Water Tanks: 6000 Liters

Sludge Tank: 250 Liters

Superyacht Minallu - Interior

Superyacht Minallu - Interior

Machinery:

Engines: 2 x Volvo Penta,D12, 650 HP, 2100 rpm

Gear Box: 2 x 4/1, Twin Disc

Shaft: Dia. 2 pieces, Dia. 100mm, Stainless Steel SS316L

Propeller:  2 pieces, Dia: 1350mm, 4 Blades, Material: Mn-Bronze,

Generator: DAP Diesel 42kW, Onan Diesel 27kW

Luxury yacht Minalli - Cabin

Luxury yacht Minalli - Cabin

Equipment List:

Fire Pump: Liverani, Italian Trademark

Bilge Pump: Liverani, Italian Trademark

Emergency Fire&Bilge Pump: Liverani, Italian Trademark

Fuel Transfer Pump: , Liverani, Italian Trademark

Boiler: 80lts x 2 Stainless Steel

Fresh Water Pressure System: Liverani, Italian Trademark

Grey & Black Water Pump: Liverani, Italian Trademark

Minalli Yacht - Cabin

Minalli Yacht - Cabin

Blower (Extraction): 1 X Liverani, Italian Trademark

Blower (Ventilation): 1 X Liverani, Italian Trademark

Circulation Pump: Liverani, Italian Trademark

Fire Detection Unit: Approved Type with 8 zones.

Fire Dampers: MFD Dia. 350×350, Galnanised

Air Condition System: , Marincold, Total 180.000 Btu chiller unit,

Fresh Air Unit: Cruise Air

Water-Maker Unit: Tecnicomar, Cap.: 300lts/h

Bow Thruster: 1 piece, hydraulic, 75kW

Hydraulic Power Pack: Hidromarin & Data, 2 Anchor Windlasses, 2 Capstans

Pasarella: Custom Made, SS 316L, Electrical & Manual

Manual Gangway: Custom Made, SS316L

Watertight Doors: 2 pieces, approved type.

Anchor: 180 kg x 2

Chains: 200m x 2, 18mm

Minalli superyacht - Cabin

Minalli superyacht - Cabin

Navigation Equipment:

Raymarine SAT TV System

Raymarine 60STV Dome

Raymarine VHF Ray 218

Raymarine MF/DSC (ICOM)

Furuno Navtex NX 300

Raymarine ST60 Wind Vane System

Raymarine Chart Plotter E80, 2 pieces

SAFETY EQUIPMENT:

Liferaft: Cap. 8 persons, 4 pieces.

Other Equipment: EPIRB, SART, Inflatable Life Jackets, Life Jackets, Lifebuoys, flares, Line Throwing Appliance, Portable Fire Extinguishers, Fire blanket,

Fire Detection System, Fixed Fire Extinguishing System (CO2) for Engine Room.

BOAT:

JOKER BOAT 5.80 m with 100 HP EVINRUDE Engine

RIGGING:

2 masts, Aluminum, Fore 36m, Aft 27m,

Sail Area: 820 sq.m

Rigging Equipment: Admiral

2 Furlings ( Admiral )

7 Winches, Admiral

2 hydraulic capstains, Hidromarin

ENTERTAINMENT

27 ‘’ Samsung  LED TVs, dvd & audio systems, receiver in all the guest cabins

32 ‘’ SAMSUNG LED TVs, dvd & audio systems, receiver in aft  master cabin

32 ‘’ SAMSUNG LED TVs, dvd & audio systems, receiver in fore  master cabin

38 ‘’ SAMSUNG LED TVs, dvd & audio systems, receiver in the saloon

27 ‘’ Samsung  LED TVs, dvd & audio systems, receiver in crew mess room.

Entertainment station with 3,500 music clips & 370 film archive.

Lights: leds & spots in all cabins & accomodation spaces.

Bath’s Equipment: electrical make-up mirror, hair dryer in all baths.

New images of Nordlund 115’ Sportfisher motor yacht NETTO

October 24, 2014

Launched by the US shipyard Nordlund Boat Company earlier this year, the all-new 35-metre motor yacht NETTO is a lovely Nordlund 115’ Sportfisher yacht, with naval architecture by E. Edwin Monk. Superyacht NETTO features structural design by Tim Nolan, while her interior design is by Jonathan Quinn Barnett – JQB Ltd. Below are the new images of NETTO, taken by photographer Neil Rabinowitz.

Nordlund 115 Sportfisher yacht NETTO - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

Nordlund 115 Sportfisher yacht NETTO - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

Technical Specifications of Nordlund 115’ Sportfisher yacht NETTO:

Top speed 21 knots, cruises at 14 knots

Range – 3,500 nautical miles at 10 knots

2 – MTU 12V2000 M93 1,800 HP engines

2 – 65 KW Northern Lights generators  MP445T

6,000 gallon total fuel

6 – steering stations

4 – live bait wells

2 – 275 gallon bait tanks on cockpit deck

1,000 gallon reserve bait tank below cockpit

Superyacht NETTO - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

Superyacht NETTO - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

Small bait well forward

2 – 84 cu ft fish holds with ice makers in cockpit

2 – Eskimo ice makers

2 – 139 gallon clean oil tankage

1 – 195 gallon dirty oil

4.5” drive shafts, Aquamet HS

Delta T engine room air system

Custom designed for worldwide sportfishing

Sleeps: 8 owners & guests, 6 crew

Interior by Jonathan Quinn Barnett – JQB Ltd

Glasshape metallic blue glass

Alex Seal Paint – Dolphin Blue

4,000 lb Steelhead davit

Luxury motor yacht NETTO - aft view - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

Luxury motor yacht NETTO - aft view - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

Dive compressor

2 – FCI 1,800 gallons per day fresh water makers

800 gallon fresh water tankage

20 ton Technicold AC

2 – 24 cu ft refrigerators

2 – 24 cu ft freezers

44 cu ft freezer drawers aft

2 – 100 amp Glendenning cord reels

Waste treatment system

Anchoring 1-400 lb CQR and 1-100 lb CQR

Jastram steering

NETTO Yacht from above - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

NETTO Yacht from above - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

PILOTHOUSE

Complete Furuno sportfishing electronics package

6 – Nauticomp 19” glass bridge displays

3 – Nauticomp 12” displays

Furuno FR2127BB 25kw BlackBox radar system

Furuno FCV1200BB fishfinder w/repeater in fishing cockpit

Furuno CH300BB dual frequency sonar

Furuno NavNet 3D BlackBox system, radar, sounder, plotter

Furuno FA150 Class A AIS system

Dual Furuno RD33 remote displays w/PB200 weather sensor

Simrad AP80 autopilot system w/5 jog levers

Simrad AP24 back-up autopilot system

Simrad GC80 gyro

Dual Icom 604 VHF radios

Furuno LH3000 hailer

Flir M-625XP thermal imaging camera

Samsung CCTV system w/5 PTZ cameras & DVR

InteliSea vessel monitoring system

Dual navigation computers w/MaxSea

Luxury yacht NETTO - Decks - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

Luxury yacht NETTO - Decks - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

BUCKET

Furuno MFD12 NavNet 3D system, radar, sounder, plotter

Simrad AP70 autopilot

Icom 504 VHF radio

Icom M504 hailer

OTHERS

KVH V7iP VSAT system

KVH V3iP VSAT system (back-up)

MSAT satellite phone system

KVH HD7 HDTV satellite TV system

Iridium satellite phone system

Definitive Audio stereo system

Panasonic telephone system

Technicold air conditioning

Photos: Arrival of 85m sailing yacht Hull Y711/Hull 3069 (Project 85) masts in Europe

October 21, 2014

Representing the world’s tallest rigs, two impressive 93-metre masts for sailing yacht Hull Y711/Hull 3069, also known as Project 85, have arrived in the Netherlands to meet the yacht, currently under construction. Mega yacht Project 3069 is a breath-taking 85m ketch, designed by Tripp Design Naval Architects and in build at Vitters Shipyard and Oceanco. The photos of masts, expected to be stepped in the second quarter of 2015, have been released by Southern Spars.

Arrival of 85m sailing yacht Hull Y711Hull 3069 (Project 85) masts

Arrival of 85m sailing yacht Hull Y711Hull 3069 (Project 85) masts - Image credit to Southern Spars

85m super yacht Hull Y711Hull 3069 (Project 85) mast

85m super yacht Hull Y711/Hull 3069 (Project 85) mast - Image credit to Southern Spars

85m mega yacht Hull Y711Hull 3069 (Project 85) masts

85m mega yacht Hull Y711/Hull 3069 (Project 85) masts - Image credit to Southern Spars


New exterior and interior images of Princess 40M motor yacht SOLARIS

October 17, 2014

Princess Yachts International has proudly released the latest exterior and interior images of the Princess 40M charter yacht Solaris. Boasting striking interiors by Mark Berryman, motor yacht Solaris can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 spacious en-suite cabins. She is available for crewed yacht charters in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Princess 40M motor yacht Solaris

Princess 40M motor yacht Solaris - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Superyacht Solaris - aft view

Superyacht Solaris - aft view - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Solaris Yacht from above

Solaris Yacht from above - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Luxury yacht Solaris by night

Luxury yacht Solaris by night - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Solaris superyacht - Main Saloon

Solaris superyacht - Main Saloon - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Super yacht Solaris - Dining Area

Super yacht Solaris - Dining Area - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Superyacht Solaris - Owners Suite

Superyacht Solaris - Owners Suite - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Solaris Yacht - Upper Deck VIP Stateroom

Solaris Yacht - Upper Deck VIP Stateroom - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

40M superyacht Solaris - Gym

40M superyacht Solaris - Gym - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Additional renderings of 44m Spirit of Tradition sailing yacht ANTHEM concept by Stephens Waring Yacht Design

October 16, 2014

Stephens Waring Yacht Design has released the new renderings of their majestic sailing yacht Anthem concept. Superyacht Anthem concept is a beautiful 44-metre Spirit of Tradition maxi ketch, designed for extended family cruising or luxury yacht charter programs supported by a professional crew.

44m Spirit of Tradition superyacht Anthem concept by Stephens Waring Yacht Design

44m Spirit of Tradition superyacht Anthem concept by Stephens Waring Yacht Design

Particulars of the 44m Anthem superyacht concept:

LOA  144 ft. – 4 in. 44 M

LWL 113 ft. 10 in. 34.7 M

Beam (max) 26 ft. -  11 in. 8.2 M

Draft 16 ft. – 8 in. 5.1 M

Luxury yacht Anthem concept

Luxury yacht Anthem concept

Disp 230 Tons

SA 8385 sq. ft. 780 sq. M

SA/D 20.9

D/LWL 155

Aux power Caterpillar 3512  1750 hp

Super yacht Anthem concept

Super yacht Anthem concept

Notable Points of the 44m luxury yacht Anthem concept:

•             SWYD Signature style hull form.

•             Luxurious Accommodation – 4 staterooms, separate crew quarters.

•             Optimized for family cruising and professionally crewed luxury yacht charters.

Sailing yacht Anthem concept

Sailing yacht Anthem concept

•             Two cockpits for a tailored sailing experience.

•             Three Lounges and two raised salon areas for relaxed comfort.

•             Sail plan designed for ease of handling and response.

A great success of Swan 105 RS sailing yacht TI-COYO by Nautor and beiderbeck designs at MYS 2014

October 15, 2014

It has been a very successful Monaco Yacht Show 2014 for the majestic Swan 105 RS sailing yacht Ti-Coyo. She was received with great fascination by both international as well as local professionals visiting and exhibiting at the event. Mixing up a splendorous home with highest comfort, utmost functionality and cutting edge design, Nautor’s Swan superyacht Ti-Coyo has been entirely designed by beiderbeck designs, with naval architecture by German Frers.

Swan 105 RS superyacht Ti-Coyo - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Swan 105 RS superyacht Ti-Coyo - Photo by Dijana Nukic

The strict separation of operational and recreational areas allows for the owner’s privacy on and below deck if the Swan is sailed by a crew – even though she can be operated easily single-handed. The aft master stateroom features a sliding glass panorama door allowing bright daylight to enter while opening onto the transom, which can be used as a terrace and swimming platform. Warm Xelogen lights underline the timeless elegance of the interior furniture.

Luxury yacht Ti-Coyo - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Luxury yacht Ti-Coyo - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Ti-Coyo Yacht - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Ti-Coyo Yacht - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Both guest cabins, one equipped with a king-size bed, the other with two single beds, each have separate shower baths. The main saloon in front of the cabins follows the same design as on the open deck: there are two u-shaped, spacious sitting areas on either side, a large one furnished with a side table for glasses and a very large one with a dining table. This is where the yacht’s beam of almost 25 feet (a good seven and a half meters) is not only visible but also useful. And when seated (!), the guests can enjoy the breath-taking panorama view of the horizon – and not only the sky. When it’s dark outside, this is enhanced by light strips integrated into the side deck.

Aboard Ti-Coyo superyacht - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Aboard Ti-Coyo superyacht - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Superyacht Ti-Coyo - Exterior - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Superyacht Ti-Coyo - Exterior - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Sailing yacht Ti-Coyo - Exterior - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Sailing yacht Ti-Coyo - Exterior - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Almost the same comfort can be found in the crew cabins which are completely separated towards the bow and can be accessed via two doors through the galley. Both fore cabins are divided by a central piece of furniture with a sliding partition wall.

Luxury yacht Ti-Coyo - Galley - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Luxury yacht Ti-Coyo - Galley - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Ti-Coyo Yacht - Saloon - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Ti-Coyo Yacht - Saloon - Photo by Dijana Nukic

From their area, a separate companionway gives the crew access to their own small cockpit situated in front of the mast from where the Swan 105 RS yacht Ti-Coyo can be entirely manoeuvred under engine, e.g. for boat transfers. In front of this cockpit, the dinghy is recessed into the deck.

Ti-Coyo Yacht - Owners Stateroom - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Ti-Coyo Yacht - Owners Stateroom - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Super yacht Ti-Coyo - Owners Stateroom - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Super yacht Ti-Coyo - Owners Stateroom - Photo by Dijana Nukic

From the twin steering system in the aft sailing cockpit, the skipper can operate all relevant elements at the push of a button. The 300m2 fully-battened mainsail can be furled into the main boom. Both the self-tacking jib (210m2) and the semi-permanent code zero (490m2) are supplied with a headsails furling system.

Sailing yacht Ti-Coyo - Guest Cabin - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Sailing yacht Ti-Coyo - Guest Cabin - Photo by Dijana Nukic

The owner of Ti-Coyo yacht may also sail his super-yacht from the interior helm stand from where a door leads onto the side deck. This allows the skipper to contact people outside without delay and to quickly access the foredeck without having to go through the main saloon.

Super yacht Ti-Coyo - Head - Photo by Dijana Nukovic

Super yacht Ti-Coyo - Head - Photo by Dijana Nukovic

The open saloon situated outside on the upper deck between cockpit and bridge is a living room of its own. Depending on the weather conditions, it can be closed completely or shaded partially with the electrical sliding elements of the bimini roof. Even the windshield can be lowered using a remote control.

Ti-Coyo superyacht - Crew - Photo by Dijana Nukovic

Ti-Coyo superyacht - Crew - Photo by Dijana Nukovic

Technical Specification of Swan 105-002 super yacht Ti-Coyo

Length overall: 31.69 metres

Length of waterline: 29.37 metres

Beam: 7.57 metres

Draught: 4 metres

Displacement (empty) approx. 83 tons

Hull construction: carbon-reinforced glass-fibre sandwich construction

Deck: carbon-fibre sandwich construction

Sail area close-hauled:  510 square metres

Mainsail: 300 square metres

Jib: 210 square metres

Code Zero:  490 square metres

Engine: Cummins QSL 9 (330 PS)

Overall concept and design: beiderbeck designs GmbH

Interior design:  beiderbeck designs GmbH

Naval architecture:  Frers Naval Architect

Structural calculation: Gurit (supported by Nautor & beiderbeck)

Yard: OY Nautor AB

British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter aboard 2014 Victoria 67 Catamaran Yacht LIR

October 15, 2014

Experience a British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter aboard the 2014 Victoria 67 Catamaran Yacht LIR and enjoy the exclusivity of your own crew and personalised itinerary, discovering the Caribbean’s most beautiful treasures. Luxury charter yacht LIR is a 2014-launched Fountaine Pajot Flagship Class Victoria 67 catamaran, available not only for BVI yacht charter, but also in the rest of the Caribbean (and the Mediterranean during European summer season).  Her Caribbean yacht holiday destinations include the US Virgin Islands, Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, St Barts, Anguilla, St Martin and many other fabulous islands and islets. We have spoken to LIR’s dedicated and professional Captain, Chris Stollery, who was kind enough to reveal what it is like to spend your vacation aboard a luxury yacht, and even talked to us about some of his personal experiences. Enjoy the interview below and don’t hesitate to contact us for more information and your own customised itinerary.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

INTERVIEW WITH LIR’S CAPTAIN, CHRIS STOLLERY

Captain Chris Stollery talks to CharterWorld about the Berret Racoupeau-designed LIR catamaran, his years of professional experience as well as life aboard this fantastic vessel. The British Virgin Islands charter yacht LIR  measures 20.44 metres (67 foot) and provides comfortable and stylish accommodation in four spacious cabins to up to eight charter guests in total. All cabins have their own en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, and feature contemporary and elegant decor. The vast open plan living areas, both inside and out,  are ideal for relaxation and socialising with family, friends or colleagues. For endless entertainment and fun, she is equipped with a great range of water toys, such as diving and snorkelling gear, donut, wakeboard, paddle surf, kayaks etc. …

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

What was your first encounter with yachts and how did you begin your career in yachting?

I sailed with my family for pleasure until I was eight years old when my brothers introduced me to the dinghy class. Since then I have been involved with different projects as crew, in charge of deliveries, maintenance and trimmer during regattas.

When I was eighteen years old I decided that the sea was my passion, and a perfect way to keep travelling and meeting people around the world. For this reason I followed my career path for two years obtaining different commercial certificates, and today, I continue updating and upgrading my knowledge and certificates.

What attributes does one need to run a yacht?

The ability to connect with all kinds of people to make them feel comfortable.

Be positive and kind with guests, to create a nice atmosphere on board.

Show good manners at all times. Be a leader whom people trust onboard to conduct all kinds of activities.

Entertainment and team work are key within the crew for success.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

There are many aspects to working as a Captain on a Luxury yacht. What is the most pleasurable part and what, on the other hand, is the most challenging?

The most pleasurable part is showing people amazing places on the sea, the inland or under the water, and observe how they enjoy their holidays. It is challenging to please everyone and  to be lucky with the weather.

Can you tell me about the most memorable or magnificent experience you have had on the water?

The most recent experience was after a perfect sailing day from Capri to the Aeolian Islands, just arriving at the Stromboli Island with a fantastic sunset at our stern and seeing the constant flowing of lava coming from the crater toward the sea ahead of us.

Last year in Montenegro sailing the salt water lakes, where we felt as if we were sailing in the fjords. We also really enjoyed diving around the wrecks from the Second World War.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

As an active person I love to go with Natalia to wild places to practice Kite surfing,  diving, find various adventures like renting a bike to discover new and different places and things to do. I also like to meet local people to share experiences with and have fun.

LIR - Water toy fun

LIR - Water toy fun

You work together with Natalia Sanchez, Stewardess and a talented Chef. Can you introduce her to our readers and charter guests?

Natalia, without a doubt,  is the person on board who naturally loves to take care of all the small day to day idiosyncrasies, starting by connecting with guests to please them right from the beginning. Regarding Victoria 67 Catamaran LIR she is always giving that little touch to the interiors to be seen by the guests as if each day was the first day of their charter.

In the galley she is a real surprise due to her love of cooking based on the fresh food found daily wherever we might be, to complement the main dishes. As she has a strong background in catering she can improvise all week in different ways depending on each day’s needs or likes of the individual guests.

In the water she loves to teach people using the wake board, snorkel or jump into the water to tighten the stern line to a tree. Natalia always goes with the dinghy to find the local markets, to buy fresh food in the mornings and during sailing she helps me with everything, including skippering when needed.

In a few words Natalia is a joy on board and always smiling.

Victoria 67 luxury catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 luxury catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

LIR yacht spends the European season in the Mediterranean and moves to the Caribbean for winter. What is your favourite place in both of the destinations?

In the Med the top one has to be the Aeolian Islands in Sicily and Montenegro in the Eastern Mediterranean as an interesting destination with plenty of things to see and do.  The Balearic Islands are also a fantastic place for a yacht charter.

In the Caribbean the British Virgin Islands as a well-organized place with a lot of different itineraries for a week’s charter, depending on the guests’ preferences. Grenadines are a great destination for guests whom prefer the wild and natural habitats.

Victoria 67 charter yacht LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter yacht LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

For those less experienced in yacht charter, what can guests expect when embarking on a holiday aboard LIR? Can you describe a typical day aboard charter yacht LIR / how do you determine a yacht charter itinerary?

First of all, we greet our guests with a really nice welcome cocktail, then we introduce ourselves, explaining our roles as a crew, followed by the captain. We continue with a safety briefing explaining how to behave on board a vessel at sea. We need to find out if any guests have allergies so that they can inform us of the best way to assist in case of an emergency.

Before taking them to their cabins, establish if any guests are sensitive to seasickness to allocate them the stern cabin.

Normally, before dinner, we talk about my suggested itinerary so that the guests can discuss this during dinner.

The following morning, during breakfast, I normally take the chart to the table to explain my initial plan and be ready to change it according to our guests’ suggestions.  Following this I would set up a plan for the week, showing them the weather forecast and making sure that they are aware of the fact that if the weather changes the itinerary might change as well; this is to avoid possible misunderstandings during the week.

Before setting off, I will invite the guests for a swim to cool down and get used to the local sea conditions.

Normally on the first day I do a check dive for the divers, so that we are ready once we have arrived at the nice spots.

Lunch should be light and fresh, followed by an afternoon sailing, water sports, beach time, dive or siesta before cocktails.

Dinner time is when guests will find the cockpit and dinner table properly dressed.

After dinner we usually offer drinks, followed by the crew going to bed. Normally, for safety reasons, each night one of us will stay up until the last guest has retired.

Then improvise day by day by asking and recommending the options of each island, cove, village etc., and change the itinerary according to the weather conditions.

LIR - Salon tea

LIR - Salon tea

Would you recommend LIR to families with children as well as couples holidaying with friends?

Yes, why not, we love children and we are prepared with different equipment for them. We have experience with different types of charterers, from couples that don´t know each other to groups of guests invited by the company where they work or just families, friends etc…

What activities would you suggest for families with small or teenage children?

We have water sports for all ages excluding diving. When the child/children are older than 16 years and depending on the situation, I can, as a fully qualified dive instructor, conduct a Discover Scuba diving program. In addition we have plenty of films, games etc…

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

What would you say to clients that never chartered a yacht and are considering it, as opposed to staying at a luxury resort or a hotel?

On a boat there are many aspects that make a big difference as opposed to a hotel. Just arriving at the marina, where the boat is waiting for her guests, is a fantastic and more personal experience. The crew is ready and waiting for you, and that feeling of exclusivity and luxury is priceless.

During the entire trip guests will not need to organise any visits to places they would like to see, adventures to be part of  nor take care of their dinner bookings.  On board LIR, the crew will take care of all the guests’ needs at any time.  LIR is well equipped with amenities and water toys, where guests can enjoy water sports, diving, snorkelling, going to the beach for a picnic or just relaxing in the hammock with a cocktail.

With reference to the food, LIR has a high quality galley where the chef cooks to the same standard as a luxury restaurant on land. There is no need to go out, unless of course the guests wish to go ashore.

The crew is well trained and qualified in all aspects, so that guests will receive an exclusive and professional service.

Holidays at sea are a totally relaxing experience where, in one week, there is enough time to satisfy almost everyone’s wishes and expectations.

A yacht can, for example, access coves that would result impossible to reach from land and the landscape is constantly changing  during a yacht charter, compared to staying in a hotel in one place the entire time.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR suite - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR suite - Photo credit LIR Yacht

What do you think makes LIR unique, compared with other catamarans on the market?

What makes LIR special is the happy and totally professional ambience on board the most beautiful catamaran designed and fitted out to date. LIR is also the latest Fountaine Pajot Flagship Class Victoria 67 yacht and she was designed by Berret Racoupeau. At the moment it is the second unit afloat and possibly the only one offered for charter, as well as being a brand new catamaran launched in spring 2014.

“It could not be better. Chris – Great captain, smart, well-educated knows the area and very helpful. We saw much more things than last time we’ve been here. We owe this to Chris. Natalia – We never ate so well before. We had good chefs before, however, Natalia did a great job every day through the whole charter. She is a great chef and very nice! Steward – Connor is very helpful and friendly. Great team and nice cat! Maybe it was the best crew we’ve ever had.“

Charter Guests chartering Catamaran LIR in Italy, July 2014

Anegada -  Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

Anegada - Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

A FEW WORDS  ABOUT BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS YACHT VACATIONS

British Virgin Islands are located east of Puerto Rico and northwest of the Leeward archipelago, in the popular winter yachting destination, the Caribbean. BVI yacht charter is characterised by relaxed sailing around the world’s finest sailing destinations, snorkelling and diving in the crystal clear waters or simply enjoying the sun, light warm breeze and the tranquil sandy beaches.

Jost Van Dyke, a small and picturesque island, is amongst the most popular islands to visit on a BVI charter yacht vacation. The island is a perfect destination for those wanting to escape the busy holiday resorts, boasting lush green forests teaming with wildlife  as well as white sandy beaches.

Virgin Gorda - British Virgin Islands - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Virgin Gorda - British Virgin Islands - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Tortola, representing the main island of the British Virgin Islands, is famous for great tourist attractions and its natural beauty. Thanks to the island’s volcanic origins, Tortola is defined by rugged spine formations that merge with lesser ridges that undulate towards the sea. It is a treasure trove of natural wonders and breathtaking panoramas, and a great place to depart and explore other nearby destination including the Norman Island, Peter Island, Virgin Gorda, Marina Cay or the above mentioned Jost Van Dyke.

Situated 4 kilometres from Tortola, Peter Island is a good place to enjoy nature trails and hiking, in addition to scuba diving and snorkelling. There are various turtle species that survive in this region as well as other underwater wonders. For dining, there are a number of fine restaurants offering a good selection of international cuisine.

Devil's Bay National Park - Virgin Gorda - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Devil's Bay National Park - Virgin Gorda - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, Virgin Gorda is another sought after destination for a British Virgin Islands boat rental. This tranquil island is not frequented by very large crowds, thus offering pristine coastline with beautiful azure waters and fantastic beaches. It is renowned for some of the finest beaches around the world!

On the whole, BVI offer unforgettable holiday experiences and undoubtedly the best way to enjoy its numerous heavenly islands is by embarking on a yacht rental. Follow the link for more detailed information about Caribbean yacht vacations and don’t hesitate to contact our experienced brokers to find out more about chartering catamaran LIR or any other vessel that best suits your budget, style and desires.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Note: Victoria 67 Catamaran yacht LIR will be present at the 2014 Antigua Charter Yacht Show, to be held from 5th to 11th of December. Please, contact us for the possibility of viewing this outstanding vessel.

Images: RSB Rigging preparing for unstepping of 25m Oyster sailing yacht Starry Night rig

October 15, 2014

RSB Rigging Solutions has shared the images of their riggers preparing for the unstepping of the rig of the 25m Oyster sailing yacht Starry Night at the STP shipyard in Palma, Spain. The preparations took place last week, just after the Oyster 82 yacht Starry Night had completed the Oyster Regatta, hosted  by Real Club Nautico Palma. Her rig has now been disassembled and the furler units have been well packed and shipped off for express service.

RSB riggers preparing for the unstepping of the Oyster 82 Yacht Starry Night rig

RSB riggers preparing for the unstepping of the Oyster 82 Yacht Starry Night rig - Image credit to RSB Rigging Solutions

Preparations for the unstepping of Starry Night Yacht rig

Preparations for the unstepping of Starry Night Yacht rig - Image credit to RSB Rigging Solutions

RSB riggers aboard sailing yacht Starry Night

RSB riggers aboard sailing yacht Starry Night - Image credit to RSB Rigging Solutions

Luxury yacht Starry Night

Luxury yacht Starry Night - Image credit to RSB Rigging Solutions


Renderings of 42m Sanlorenzo explorer yacht ‘460Exp-115’

October 14, 2014

Sanlorenzo motor yacht 460Exp-115 is an elegant and robust 42-metre explorer, superbly penned by Francesco Paszkowski Design. Scheduled for delivery in August 2015, luxury explorer yacht 460Exp-115 has been specifically designed for long-range cruising, providing all sorts of services and necessities, as well as the large internal spaces needed to allow the owner to cruise the sea for prolonged periods. Below are the renderings of the first Sanlorenzo explorer, released by Sanlorenzo Americas.

Sanlorenzo explorer yacht 460Exp-115 Exterior

Sanlorenzo explorer yacht 460Exp-115 Exterior - Image credit to Sanlorenzo Americas

Aboard Sanlorenzo superyacht 460Exp-115

Aboard Sanlorenzo superyacht 460Exp-115 - Image credit to Sanlorenzo Americas

Luxury yacht 460Exp-115 Main Salon

Luxury yacht 460Exp-115 Main Salon - Image credit to Sanlorenzo Americas

Sanlorenzo 460Exp-115 Yacht Main Salon

Sanlorenzo 460Exp-115 Yacht Main Salon - Image credit to Sanlorenzo Americas

460Exp-115 superyacht Owners Stateroom

460Exp-115 superyacht Owners Stateroom - Image credit to Sanlorenzo Americas

Motor yacht 460Exp-115 Owners Stateroom

Motor yacht 460Exp-115 Owners Stateroom - Image credit to Sanlorenzo Americas

460Exp-115 Yacht VIP stateroom

460Exp-115 Yacht VIP stateroom - Image credit to Sanlorenzo Americas

Luxury yacht 460Exp-115 VIP stateroom

Luxury yacht 460Exp-115 VIP stateroom - Image credit to Sanlorenzo Americas